COVID-19’S Impact On The Practice Of Medicine
Check this out. What you will see are survey results drawn from a study of physicians’ perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on physician practices and their patients, physician wellbeing and the healthcare system in general. Lots of important information here, clearly presented in an infographic format for ease of comprehension of the findings drawn from over 3,000 respondents.
Important findings. Like 8% of physicians have closed their practices as the result of the pandemic. Wow!
72% of doctors have experienced a significant reduction in income caused by COVID. Yikes!
43% of doctors have had to reduce staff.
Perhaps the most profound finding was that 72% of doctors predicted long term, negative impact from the pandemic on healthcare in their communities as the result of patients putting off necessary visits.
AND. While the reliance on Telemedicine in practices has increased significantly, doctors are predicting that it will not be a major force in their futures unless reimbursement rates for these services increase significantly.
Bottom Line. Overall, what the reader will see in the results of this survey is that the pandemic’s effects were both broad and deep. Although the researchers have presented a fairly exhaustive list of COVID’s impacts, as usual I am left scratching my chin. Scratching my chin trying to figure out what COVID Consequences we have failed to figure out yet.
I bet there are some beauties!